Celebrating our 20th Anniversary: A Brief History of Adoption Center for Family Building

(This is an excerpt from a speech I gave at the agency’s 20 year anniversary celebration)

Twenty years ago, we created something unique; we envisioned an alternative to the more traditional, faith based agencies with a style that I would describe as “paternalistic”. These agencies had many requirements, rules and offered little flexibility. It was basically: “their way or the highway”.

Adoption agencies tended to have a narrow vision of who would make good parents (e.g.Evangelical Christian, married at least 5 years, no other kids). The requirements for each agency were arbitrary, capricious and varied from one to the other.

We wanted to offer something different.

Our goal was to open the door to adoption for many who were formerly closed out. Many wonderful aspiring parents were rejected by agencies because of their age, religion, marital status, number of years married, other children in the family or because they were a non-traditional family.

Since opening our doors, this agency has placed about one thousand babies into loving, safe adoptive homes. We’ve also completed about 1800 home studies over the years, taking prospective adoptive families one step closer to fulfilling their dreams.

Here’s what we think is most unique about ACFB:

Fast forward 20 years (2016) and we continue to have the same values/mission/ goals

Our goal for the future is to provide more options counseling and meaningful support to those considering adoption. Many of these women are single and the sole support of their family. So many of them are in crisis, struggling to pay their bills and take care of their other children. Our goal is to avert the crisis by helping them get through their pregnancy. Our services to expectant mothers are free so the money we raise goes toward helping them.

We typically help by providing counseling, paying rent, utility bills, food, transportation to doctors visits, phone, and other necessities. Our goal is to keep each birth mother in her home, off the street and safe.

Your support is so important to our being able to respond to the needs of birth mothers.

As an agency, our most important strength has been our staff and board: People who are passionate about adoption: Our volunteer board contributes hours of time, their own money and efforts to making this agency a success. Many of these folks have been touched by adoption in their own lives and know the importance and value of this work.

If you’re interested in making a donation to the ACFB Emergency Fund for Women and Children, please visit our website donation page: https://www.centerforfamily.com/donate-to-acfb.php or mail your donation to Adoption Center for Family Building, 8707 Skokie Blvd., Ste 208, Skokie, IL 60077. ACFB is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.

This blog is provided by Adoption Center for Family Building, a licensed, non-profit, open adoption agency in Illinois and Indiana. For more information about our services, please visit our website at www.centerforfamily.com or call 800-869-1005. A birth mother counselor is available to answer questions 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays.

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